Wisconsin

Cabins on Clark Lake

Cabins on Clark Lake

On the quieter, eastern side of the Door County peninsula sits a stunning cabin rental called The Bay. My parents, Sean, and I spent a weekend here in early November, relaxing and exploring some nearby parks. When we arrived Friday night, the place was absolutely...

I Was In a Kwik Trip Commercial!

I Was In a Kwik Trip Commercial!

A few weeks ago, I traveled down to Madison for two days to play the part of “Ashley” in an upcoming Kwik Trip commercial! (They thought it’d be fun to have some of their brand ambassadors play a few roles instead of professional actors). Honestly one of the coolest...

Three Kwik Trip Dinner Date Ideas

Three Kwik Trip Dinner Date Ideas

It's no secret that I love beach campfires and lakeside picnics. So when I decided to put together a Kwik Trip-inspired one, I had only one requirement: every picnic item had to come from there. So we swung by the nearest store, grabbed a basket, and started perusing...

Trampers Trail

Trampers Trail

In the forests surrounding the area of Sayner-Star Lake is a beautiful hiking spot called Trampers Trail. This trail brings you through old-growth forest and along the edge of Star Lake. I had explored this area during my trip with Wisconsin Travel Best Bets and...

Sunflowers at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Sunflowers at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Usually, around this time of year, the sunflowers are long gone here in Wisconsin. But there's one place where they're still going strong: Helene's Hilltop Orchard! This bustling family farm is located about 25 minutes north of Wausau, right outside of Merrill, WI. I...

Washington Island Lavender Fields

Washington Island Lavender Fields

This past weekend, I traveled to Washington Island in order to photograph a wedding. The following day, I decided to take advantage of my time here and headed to the lavender fields - something I've always wanted to do! The fields were in full bloom and absolutely...

Here’s What It’s Like Living Up North as a 20-Something

Here’s What It’s Like Living Up North as a 20-Something

I moved up north in February 2019. For those of you who may not be familiar with Wisconsin, "up north" typically refers to the northern counties of Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade, and/or Forest. Whether you're a young professional who's considering moving or you're...

Copper Falls & Brownstone Falls

Copper Falls & Brownstone Falls

Copper Falls State Park is a beautiful section of public land in northwest Wisconsin. Located in Ashland County, this 3,000-acre park was our third stop on our waterfall tour! There are two major waterfalls within the park: Copper Falls and Brownstone Falls. Both can...

Northwest Wisconsin Waterfall Tour

Northwest Wisconsin Waterfall Tour

A few weeks ago, I put together a personal, day-long "waterfall tour" in northwest Wisconsin. The route I created was 75 miles long and brought us to seven different waterfalls (Gile Falls, Upson Falls, Copper + Brownstone Falls, Potato River Falls, Superior Falls,...

Upson Falls

Upson Falls

Upson Falls was the second stop on our day-long waterfall tour. This waterfall is located right by the little town of Upson and can be visited by entering Upson Falls Campground (there's no fee to enter and visit the falls - there's only a cost if you're camping). The...

Gile Falls

Gile Falls

Wisconsin has quite a few waterfalls, especially in northwest Wisconsin. I've always wanted to see a few of them so one Saturday, we went on a day-long waterfall tour! Our first stop was Gile Falls, a small waterfall located right in the tiny town of Gile.As you head...

Prairie Dells Scenic Area

Prairie Dells Scenic Area

The Prairie Dells Scenic Area is an awesome hidden gem in central Wisconsin. It's almost like the lesser-known, little sister of the Eau Claire Dells! Located about 10 miles northeast of Merrill, it features a large river gorge, a wooded forest, and rocky...

Grandfather Falls

Grandfather Falls

Grandfather Falls is a beautiful series of small cascades that tumble over rocks in a section of the Wisconsin River. It's located about 13 miles north of Merrill off of Highway 107 (see map below) and a great spot to go hiking in central Wisconsin!As you drive north...

The Ultimate Wisconsin Waterfall Map

The Ultimate Wisconsin Waterfall Map

Wisconsin is home to many beautiful waterfalls that you can visit. To give you a visual overview, I decided to put together a Wisconsin Waterfall Map showing where they're all located! Please let me know if I missed any good ones! I think I might have to go on a...

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

Located in northern Wisconsin, just 10 minutes west of Rhinelander, is a place called Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area. It's a 3,000-acre section of public land with small, shallow lakes, a babbling creek, and an extensive logging road that runs throughout the property...

New Prints | April 2020

New Prints | April 2020

I added a few new prints to my shop today! You'll find new bird photography, a few images from Michigan and Minnesota, and a couple of additions to both the fall and winter categories. The button below will bring you to the shop! Also, a huge thank you to everyone...

Pine Cove Cabin

Pine Cove Cabin

Pine Cove Cabin is one of those places that checks all the boxes for a classic "up north" stay. Built in the late 1920s but renovated in 2017, Pine Cove has that perfect mix so many of us want in a getaway - rustic yet modern. I love cabins that feel... well, cabin-y!...

Washburn Trails, Rhinelander, WI

Washburn Trails, Rhinelander, WI

The other week, a few friends and I headed to the Washburn Trails, located about 20 minutes west of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. In the winter, it offers 15 miles of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking. There's a heated shelter, a good-sized...

Now Selling Wisconsin Prints!

Now Selling Wisconsin Prints!

I'm excited to share that I'm now selling my Wisconsin prints! You can view the available photos on my Pixieset account. In case you're not familiar with it, Pixieset is an online photo gallery designed for professional photographers. I decided to sell them through...

The Foxglove Inn

The Foxglove Inn

In mid-December, my mom and I escaped the Northwoods for a few days and fled to the Door County town of Sturgeon Bay. We were staying for two nights at The Foxglove Inn, a stately bed & breakfast nestled within the historic district just steps from downtown.

The Hilton Garden Inn Wausau

The Hilton Garden Inn Wausau

This post is sponsored by the Hilton Garden Inn Wausau. All thoughts and opinions are my own.If you’ve ever driven through Wausau along Highway 51, you’ve probably seen the city’s newest hotel - the Hilton Garden Inn. Located on North Mountain Road, this hotel is...

A Map of All the Wisconsin Winter Candlelight Hikes

A Map of All the Wisconsin Winter Candlelight Hikes

Candlelight hikes are becoming more and more popular here in Wisconsin. It's a perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy the winter landscape. Depending on the event, you can ski, snowshoe, or hike the lantern-lit trails. To see if there's one near you, I've created a map...

Northwoods Travel Guide

Northwoods Travel Guide

Thousands of lakes, sprawling forests, and small-town charm... welcome to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.Since there isn't an official geographic location for the Northwoods, I've chosen to focus this guide on three Wisconsin counties: Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas. Most of...

Raven Trail

Raven Trail

Last week, my mom and I had a girls day in Minocqua. We did some antiquing, went out to lunch, and just spent some quality time together. It ended being a gorgeous and sunny day so around mid-afternoon we laced up our hiking boots and went for a fall hike on the Raven...

An Autumn Weekend in Eagle River

An Autumn Weekend in Eagle River

This post is sponsored by the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. All thoughts and opinions are my own.In early October, Sean and I headed north to Eagle River for Cranberry Fest! We arrived on Friday evening and dropped our bags off at Edgewater Inn & Cottages, a...

Timms Hill

Timms Hill

One of my favorite places in northern Wisconsin is Timms Hill, a county park located near the little town of Ogema. At 1,951 feet, Timms Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin and a beautiful spot to view the fall colors. A short hike from the parking lot will bring...

A Perfect Spot to Get on the Ice Age Trail This Fall

A Perfect Spot to Get on the Ice Age Trail This Fall

Yesterday, I decided to take a drive to see how the fall colors were coming along. I ended up finding this little spot called Alta Springs State Fishery Area. Located in Lincoln County, just 20 minutes northeast of Merrill, this small section of public land is a...

View Wisconsin’s Fall Colors at These Five Overlooks

View Wisconsin’s Fall Colors at These Five Overlooks

Autumn is quickly approaching here in Wisconsin! If you're looking for some good vantage points this season, here are five overlooks where you can view Wisconsin's fall colors from above. Timm's Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin with an elevation of 1,951 feet. A...

The Osceola Fall Color Train Ride

The Osceola Fall Color Train Ride

If you're looking for a more unique way to see the fall colors this year, consider climbing aboard The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Every year starting in September, the vintage trains chug slowly along the St. Croix River Valley, offering the opportunity...

Wollersheim Winery

Wollersheim Winery

The sheer beauty of Wollersheim Winery is enough to make you stop in awe. With its ivy-covered buildings and lavish grounds, you'll feel as if you've just wandered onto a French estate. When Sean and I arrived, we were greeted by Jessi, Wollersheim's marketing...

Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin

Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin

Located just a few miles from downtown Madison is Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a 16-acre property bursting with colorful flowers, small ponds, and an ornate Thai Pavillion. We spent a couple of hours here one afternoon and had such a wonderful time!The outdoor gardens...

Sunset Dinner at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Sunset Dinner at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Last week, Helene’s Hilltop Orchard hosted their first-ever Thursday Night Sunset Dinner. It was an elegant, farm-to-table, culinary experience complete with four courses, wine pairings, and good conversation. Set amongst the beauty of central Wisconsin farmland, this...

Sunflower Fields in Wisconsin

Sunflower Fields in Wisconsin

Nothing says summer like a sprawling sunflower field. These bright yellow blooms always put a smile on my face and I love searching for new farms to visit each year. Since their season is quickly approaching, here are three sunflower fields in Wisconsin that you...

Corrigan’s Lookout

Corrigan’s Lookout

This might be my new favorite hidden gem in northern Wisconsin! Corrigan's Lookout is located in Iron County and offers some spectacular panoramic views of Wisconsin's landscape. A short, quarter-mile hike will lead you to a rock outcropping that overlooks Upson...

A Weekend Guide to Sister Bay, Wisconsin

A Weekend Guide to Sister Bay, Wisconsin

In early June, I spent the weekend in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. This charming, lakeside village is located on the northern end of the Door County Peninsula and has a lively, coastal feel to it. As we entered Sister Bay that Friday afternoon, we made our way down the...

Finding Swans at Spring Creek State Wildlife Area

Finding Swans at Spring Creek State Wildlife Area

Earlier this spring when I was researching good spots to go birdwatching, I came across Spring Creek State Wildlife Area. The WI DNR website states that trumpeter swans are common inhabitants of this 1,000-acre property so I just had to go check it out myself! It was...

10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin

10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin

I love finding unique and beautiful locations around Wisconsin. After going through my Instagram feed, I’ve come up with a few of my favorites! Check out these 10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin!

A Manitowish Waters Getaway at Alderwood Resort

A Manitowish Waters Getaway at Alderwood Resort

Nestled in the heart of northern Wisconsin sits The Brick House – a beautifully immaculate colonial-style rental home on the shores of Alder Lake, part of Manitowish Waters Chain of 10 Lakes. It’s a large and spacious place complete with five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, two living rooms (each with their own fireplaces!), and a big three-season room.

WinMan Trails

WinMan Trails

I've been wanting to check out the WinMan Trails for a while now and this weekend I finally got around to it! This 1,300-acre silent sport destination is located between Winchester and Manitowish Waters, hence the shortened name, WinMan :)5 miles of snowshoe trails,...

A-Frame Cabin Rentals in Wisconsin

A-Frame Cabin Rentals in Wisconsin

There’s something so charming and alluring about A-frames. If you’re looking for a little Wisconsin getaway, I’ve found 7 absolutely STUNNING A-frame cabin rentals in Wisconsin that you can book right now! Time to start packing!

This Public Land in Northern Wisconsin is Filled with Hemlocks

This Public Land in Northern Wisconsin is Filled with Hemlocks

I'm always on the hunt for public land that I can explore. Especially land that's still somewhat undiscovered. That's why I was so stoked to come across the Germain Hemlocks State Natural Area. Eighty-eight acres of towering hemlocks and rolling hills make it an...

Snowshoeing Fallison Lake Trail

Snowshoeing Fallison Lake Trail

If you’re looking for a picturesque spot to snowshoe in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I’ve got just the place: Fallison Lake Trail. Located just 13 miles northeast of Minocqua, Fallison Lake Trail will not only get your heart rate up, but it will also offer stunning views and a peaceful, outdoor experience.

Three Bear Sled Dog Race in Land O’ Lakes

Three Bear Sled Dog Race in Land O’ Lakes

Last Saturday, Sean and I drove north to watch the 39th Annual Three Bear Sled Dog Race in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. Every year, the race occurs over two days with six dog, four dog, two dog, juniors and skijoring events. It was a fun way to spend a February afternoon...

Mineral Point Wisconsin

Mineral Point Wisconsin

If someone were to have dropped me off in the middle of Mineral Point, Wisconsin without any clue as to where I was, my first guess might've been an English village. With its charming architecture and streets that come together at odd angles, I felt like I had stepped...

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

It's been quite the unusual winter this year in Wisconsin. Usually, at this point, we have a few feet of snow on the ground but right now, the front yard has just a dusting. So the other day, when southern Wisconsin was calling for a snowstorm with up to a foot of...

Wisconsin Winter Date Night Ideas, Part 2

Wisconsin Winter Date Night Ideas, Part 2

Last winter, I wrote a blog post on 20 Winter Date Night Ideas in Wausau, Wisconsin. People seemed to really like that post so today, I thought I’d make a Part 2!

24 Hours in Door County

24 Hours in Door County

Early last week, I opened my planner and realized that I didn't have any plans for the upcoming weekend. So in the spur of the moment, I asked Sean if he wanted to take an overnight trip to Door County and within an hour, I had the hotel booked! We hadn't been to Door...

The Quaint Town of Stockholm Wisconsin

The Quaint Town of Stockholm Wisconsin

With a population of just 64, Stockholm, Wisconsin might sound like just another sleepy little town. But with its historic buildings and unique shops, it's actually a delightful and bustling little community. I drove through this village on my way to Maiden Rock...

Together Farms

Together Farms

If you're looking for a fun date night next summer, consider heading over to Together Farms for their fun and festive Burger Night! Located in western Wisconsin, just 30 minutes south of Eau Claire, Together Farms is the perfect spot to grab dinner while being...

Maiden Rock Bluff

Maiden Rock Bluff

On the western edge of Wisconsin, just an hour south of Hudson is a 400-foot limestone cliff called Maiden Rock Bluff. When standing on Maiden Rock Bluff, you'll have a stunning panoramic view of Wisconsin's Great River Road and the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful...

Lands’ End Heritage Tour Recap

Lands’ End Heritage Tour Recap

From the sweeping valleys of the Driftless Area to a quaint little village on the banks of the St. Croix, these last few weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour have been a whirlwind of adventure!

Can’t-Miss Shops & Restaurants in Boulder Junction

Can’t-Miss Shops & Restaurants in Boulder Junction

I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the last of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Read the first post here and the second post here. SHOPS This store is literally my...

8 Fun Things To Do in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

8 Fun Things To Do in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Just ten minutes south of Boulder Junction, you'll find Fallison Lake - a cute little...

Lands’ End Heritage Tour

Lands’ End Heritage Tour

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve partnered with classic American retailer Lands’ End, and will be traveling for 3 weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour!

White Birch Village

White Birch Village

I made my way slowly down the main driveway of White Birch Village, noting each dark brown cabin tucked away in the trees. After pulling up to the main lodge and meeting the managers, John and Sue, they brought us to our cabin called Eagle’s Nest.

Best Restaurants and Shops in Sayner-Star Lake

Best Restaurants and Shops in Sayner-Star Lake

This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the second of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Read the first post here. RESTAURANTS This historic supper club...

Best Outdoor Adventures in Sayner-Star Lake

Best Outdoor Adventures in Sayner-Star Lake

This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. What better way to take in the beauty of the Northwoods than from...

Burr Oak Winery

Burr Oak Winery

A few months ago, I visited Castle Rock Lake, a 17,000-acre lake just 30 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells. While exploring the area, I decided to stop at Burr Oak Winery to go wine tasting with my mom. Everything about Burr Oak is just stunning! The exterior of the...

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

When I first heard about this whole pizza farm thing, my first thought was, sign me up! It's such a cool and unique idea and it's getting more and more popular here in Wisconsin. I experienced one for the first time last summer when Sean and I went to Stoney Acres....

A Flower Farm Near Wausau, Wisconsin

A Flower Farm Near Wausau, Wisconsin

Sylvia Green's backyard is bursting with color. Flowers I never even knew existed stretch out in rows, filling up every inch of her 3/4 acre property. She took me up and down each row, describing every variety of flower with astounding ease. Her cat Brynn danced...

This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

In early October of last year, I was on my way to Timm's Hill for the first time when I came across a place that looked like something out of a storybook - quaint little cottages with scalloped white trim, plopped down in the middle of the forest. Across the quiet...

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock is a 200-foot cliff that overlooks the rural landscape of southern Wisconsin. Patched with fields and farms, this stunning, panoramic view is a beautiful spot to visit. Sean and I spent a couple hours exploring the Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area the...

4 Can’t-Miss Wisconsin Festivals

4 Can’t-Miss Wisconsin Festivals

Watch as vibrantly-colored hot air balloons inflate and light up from within, creating an illuminated show like you've never seen before! You'll also enjoy many rib vendors, live music, and fireworks during the festival. What better way to kick off autumn than with...

A Secret Waterfowl Refuge in Weston, Wisconsin

A Secret Waterfowl Refuge in Weston, Wisconsin

I stumbled upon this little place a few months ago on one of my country drives. I was heading back home and just so happened to see a wooden sign tucked into the foliage off of Weston Avenue. Curiosity got the best of me so I went to investigate, turning off of Weston...

Biking the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point Wisconsin

Biking the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point Wisconsin

The Green Circle Trail is located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It’s a 27-mile long biking and hiking trail that circles around the Stevens Point area. It winds through various landscapes, from piney woods to grassy marshlands to city streets.

Lakeview Berry Farm

Lakeview Berry Farm

Of all the summer activities, berry picking is one of my favorites. Check out this delightful berry farm just south of Wausau, WI!

My 3 Favorite Wausau Parks

My 3 Favorite Wausau Parks

I love finding cute, local parks to spend time in. The other day, I visited three of my favorite Wausau parks. Keep on reading to find out what they are!

A Sunset Drive through the Driftless Area

A Sunset Drive through the Driftless Area

When Sean and I went camping in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, we decided to go on a sunset country drive. Here is a collection of photographs I took along the way.

Wisconsin Photography Bucket List

Wisconsin Photography Bucket List

There are so many awesome places around this state to photograph so I’ve come up a few ideas that’ll hopefully inspire you to grab your camera and go. Here is my Wisconsin photography bucket list!

Rib Mountain Greenhouse

Rib Mountain Greenhouse

It was a rainy and gloomy afternoon when my mom and I pulled up to Rib Mountain Greenhouse. A dark storm cloud threatened overhead and the wind was starting to pick up.

Exploring the George Mead Wildlife Area

Exploring the George Mead Wildlife Area

I never knew this place even existed until about two weeks ago. I was looking at a map, eagerly searching for new places to explore, when I saw this huge span of green just south of Wausau. Looking closer, I saw that it was the George Mead Wildlife Area, so I wrote it down as a future spot to explore.

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

Door County, Wisconsin is one of my all-time favorite places in the Midwest. With summer quickly approaching, I’ve put together the Ultimate Door County Travel Guide!

Rib Mountain State Park Guide

Rib Mountain State Park Guide

Rib Mountain is one of my favorite spots in the Wausau area. No matter the season, there’s always something to do. Discover more about this park with my Rib Mountain State Park Guide!

10 Tips for Surviving a Wisconsin Winter

10 Tips for Surviving a Wisconsin Winter

Anyone who has ever experienced a Wisconsin winter can attest to how cold it gets. To help you battle these frigid months, here are some of my tips for surviving a Wisconsin winter.

Three of My Favorite Wisconsin Campgrounds

Three of My Favorite Wisconsin Campgrounds

After booking our first 2018 camping trip a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about all of the camping that we did last summer. There are three spots that jump out at me right away! Here are three of my favorite Wisconsin campgrounds!

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Read all about my visit to this historic and whimsical place in southeastern Wisconsin: Camp Wandawega.

Palmquist Farm

Palmquist Farm

Tucked away in the middle of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, sits an 800-acre gem that you need to see to believe. After reading this, Palmquist Farm will be your next Midwestern getaway.

My Stay at the Foxglove Inn

My Stay at the Foxglove Inn

I’ve been eyeing up a few bed and breakfasts in Door County ever since Sean and I took our first trip there earlier this summer.

The Charmant Hotel

The Charmant Hotel

Every six months or so, my friend Elissa and I meet up for a fun little girls trip.

Pope Farm Conservancy

Pope Farm Conservancy

2019 UPDATE: The sunflowers are back! The Town of Middleton Sunflower Days are July 26th - August 4th, 2019. Learn more here. A couple of weeks ago, Sean texted me a link to a place called Pope Farm Conservancy. When I clicked on it, I saw a title that read,...

Our First Door County Trip

Our First Door County Trip

Last weekend, Sean and I went on a camping trip to Door County, Wisconsin. We were lucky enough to secure a campsite at Peninsula State Park (thanks to Sean’s master booking skills!), so we spent three days and two nights exploring the area.

The Driftless Area, Wisconsin

The Driftless Area, Wisconsin

We traveled to the driftless area in Wisconsin to go camping at Perrot State Park. This area of Wisconsin is one of the prettiest areas I’ve ever seen!

11 Airbnbs in Wisconsin You Need to Book This Summer

11 Airbnbs in Wisconsin You Need to Book This Summer

This year is going to be my second summer living back in Wisconsin and I gotta say, I'm pretty excited for some Midwest adventures! Growing up here, I never really appreciated the beauty of this state. But after traveling around for the last few years, I've come to...

Cabins on Clark Lake

Cabins on Clark Lake

On the quieter, eastern side of the Door County peninsula sits a stunning cabin rental called The Bay. My parents, Sean, and I spent a weekend here in early November, relaxing and exploring some nearby parks. When we arrived Friday night, the place was absolutely...

I Was In a Kwik Trip Commercial!

I Was In a Kwik Trip Commercial!

A few weeks ago, I traveled down to Madison for two days to play the part of “Ashley” in an upcoming Kwik Trip commercial! (They thought it’d be fun to have some of their brand ambassadors play a few roles instead of professional actors). Honestly one of the coolest...

Three Kwik Trip Dinner Date Ideas

Three Kwik Trip Dinner Date Ideas

It's no secret that I love beach campfires and lakeside picnics. So when I decided to put together a Kwik Trip-inspired one, I had only one requirement: every picnic item had to come from there. So we swung by the nearest store, grabbed a basket, and started perusing...

Trampers Trail

Trampers Trail

In the forests surrounding the area of Sayner-Star Lake is a beautiful hiking spot called Trampers Trail. This trail brings you through old-growth forest and along the edge of Star Lake. I had explored this area during my trip with Wisconsin Travel Best Bets and...

Sunflowers at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Sunflowers at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Usually, around this time of year, the sunflowers are long gone here in Wisconsin. But there's one place where they're still going strong: Helene's Hilltop Orchard! This bustling family farm is located about 25 minutes north of Wausau, right outside of Merrill, WI. I...

Washington Island Lavender Fields

Washington Island Lavender Fields

This past weekend, I traveled to Washington Island in order to photograph a wedding. The following day, I decided to take advantage of my time here and headed to the lavender fields - something I've always wanted to do! The fields were in full bloom and absolutely...

Here’s What It’s Like Living Up North as a 20-Something

Here’s What It’s Like Living Up North as a 20-Something

I moved up north in February 2019. For those of you who may not be familiar with Wisconsin, "up north" typically refers to the northern counties of Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade, and/or Forest. Whether you're a young professional who's considering moving or you're...

Copper Falls & Brownstone Falls

Copper Falls & Brownstone Falls

Copper Falls State Park is a beautiful section of public land in northwest Wisconsin. Located in Ashland County, this 3,000-acre park was our third stop on our waterfall tour! There are two major waterfalls within the park: Copper Falls and Brownstone Falls. Both can...

Northwest Wisconsin Waterfall Tour

Northwest Wisconsin Waterfall Tour

A few weeks ago, I put together a personal, day-long "waterfall tour" in northwest Wisconsin. The route I created was 75 miles long and brought us to seven different waterfalls (Gile Falls, Upson Falls, Copper + Brownstone Falls, Potato River Falls, Superior Falls,...

Upson Falls

Upson Falls

Upson Falls was the second stop on our day-long waterfall tour. This waterfall is located right by the little town of Upson and can be visited by entering Upson Falls Campground (there's no fee to enter and visit the falls - there's only a cost if you're camping). The...

Gile Falls

Gile Falls

Wisconsin has quite a few waterfalls, especially in northwest Wisconsin. I've always wanted to see a few of them so one Saturday, we went on a day-long waterfall tour! Our first stop was Gile Falls, a small waterfall located right in the tiny town of Gile.As you head...

Prairie Dells Scenic Area

Prairie Dells Scenic Area

The Prairie Dells Scenic Area is an awesome hidden gem in central Wisconsin. It's almost like the lesser-known, little sister of the Eau Claire Dells! Located about 10 miles northeast of Merrill, it features a large river gorge, a wooded forest, and rocky...

Grandfather Falls

Grandfather Falls

Grandfather Falls is a beautiful series of small cascades that tumble over rocks in a section of the Wisconsin River. It's located about 13 miles north of Merrill off of Highway 107 (see map below) and a great spot to go hiking in central Wisconsin!As you drive north...

The Ultimate Wisconsin Waterfall Map

The Ultimate Wisconsin Waterfall Map

Wisconsin is home to many beautiful waterfalls that you can visit. To give you a visual overview, I decided to put together a Wisconsin Waterfall Map showing where they're all located! Please let me know if I missed any good ones! I think I might have to go on a...

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area

Located in northern Wisconsin, just 10 minutes west of Rhinelander, is a place called Woodboro Lakes Wildlife Area. It's a 3,000-acre section of public land with small, shallow lakes, a babbling creek, and an extensive logging road that runs throughout the property...

New Prints | April 2020

New Prints | April 2020

I added a few new prints to my shop today! You'll find new bird photography, a few images from Michigan and Minnesota, and a couple of additions to both the fall and winter categories. The button below will bring you to the shop! Also, a huge thank you to everyone...

Pine Cove Cabin

Pine Cove Cabin

Pine Cove Cabin is one of those places that checks all the boxes for a classic "up north" stay. Built in the late 1920s but renovated in 2017, Pine Cove has that perfect mix so many of us want in a getaway - rustic yet modern. I love cabins that feel... well, cabin-y!...

Washburn Trails, Rhinelander, WI

Washburn Trails, Rhinelander, WI

The other week, a few friends and I headed to the Washburn Trails, located about 20 minutes west of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. In the winter, it offers 15 miles of trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking. There's a heated shelter, a good-sized...

Now Selling Wisconsin Prints!

Now Selling Wisconsin Prints!

I'm excited to share that I'm now selling my Wisconsin prints! You can view the available photos on my Pixieset account. In case you're not familiar with it, Pixieset is an online photo gallery designed for professional photographers. I decided to sell them through...

The Foxglove Inn

The Foxglove Inn

In mid-December, my mom and I escaped the Northwoods for a few days and fled to the Door County town of Sturgeon Bay. We were staying for two nights at The Foxglove Inn, a stately bed & breakfast nestled within the historic district just steps from downtown.

The Hilton Garden Inn Wausau

The Hilton Garden Inn Wausau

This post is sponsored by the Hilton Garden Inn Wausau. All thoughts and opinions are my own.If you’ve ever driven through Wausau along Highway 51, you’ve probably seen the city’s newest hotel - the Hilton Garden Inn. Located on North Mountain Road, this hotel is...

A Map of All the Wisconsin Winter Candlelight Hikes

A Map of All the Wisconsin Winter Candlelight Hikes

Candlelight hikes are becoming more and more popular here in Wisconsin. It's a perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy the winter landscape. Depending on the event, you can ski, snowshoe, or hike the lantern-lit trails. To see if there's one near you, I've created a map...

Northwoods Travel Guide

Northwoods Travel Guide

Thousands of lakes, sprawling forests, and small-town charm... welcome to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.Since there isn't an official geographic location for the Northwoods, I've chosen to focus this guide on three Wisconsin counties: Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas. Most of...

Raven Trail

Raven Trail

Last week, my mom and I had a girls day in Minocqua. We did some antiquing, went out to lunch, and just spent some quality time together. It ended being a gorgeous and sunny day so around mid-afternoon we laced up our hiking boots and went for a fall hike on the Raven...

An Autumn Weekend in Eagle River

An Autumn Weekend in Eagle River

This post is sponsored by the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. All thoughts and opinions are my own.In early October, Sean and I headed north to Eagle River for Cranberry Fest! We arrived on Friday evening and dropped our bags off at Edgewater Inn & Cottages, a...

Timms Hill

Timms Hill

One of my favorite places in northern Wisconsin is Timms Hill, a county park located near the little town of Ogema. At 1,951 feet, Timms Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin and a beautiful spot to view the fall colors. A short hike from the parking lot will bring...

A Perfect Spot to Get on the Ice Age Trail This Fall

A Perfect Spot to Get on the Ice Age Trail This Fall

Yesterday, I decided to take a drive to see how the fall colors were coming along. I ended up finding this little spot called Alta Springs State Fishery Area. Located in Lincoln County, just 20 minutes northeast of Merrill, this small section of public land is a...

View Wisconsin’s Fall Colors at These Five Overlooks

View Wisconsin’s Fall Colors at These Five Overlooks

Autumn is quickly approaching here in Wisconsin! If you're looking for some good vantage points this season, here are five overlooks where you can view Wisconsin's fall colors from above. Timm's Hill is the highest point in Wisconsin with an elevation of 1,951 feet. A...

The Osceola Fall Color Train Ride

The Osceola Fall Color Train Ride

If you're looking for a more unique way to see the fall colors this year, consider climbing aboard The Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Every year starting in September, the vintage trains chug slowly along the St. Croix River Valley, offering the opportunity...

Wollersheim Winery

Wollersheim Winery

The sheer beauty of Wollersheim Winery is enough to make you stop in awe. With its ivy-covered buildings and lavish grounds, you'll feel as if you've just wandered onto a French estate. When Sean and I arrived, we were greeted by Jessi, Wollersheim's marketing...

Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin

Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin

Located just a few miles from downtown Madison is Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a 16-acre property bursting with colorful flowers, small ponds, and an ornate Thai Pavillion. We spent a couple of hours here one afternoon and had such a wonderful time!The outdoor gardens...

Sunset Dinner at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Sunset Dinner at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Last week, Helene’s Hilltop Orchard hosted their first-ever Thursday Night Sunset Dinner. It was an elegant, farm-to-table, culinary experience complete with four courses, wine pairings, and good conversation. Set amongst the beauty of central Wisconsin farmland, this...

Sunflower Fields in Wisconsin

Sunflower Fields in Wisconsin

Nothing says summer like a sprawling sunflower field. These bright yellow blooms always put a smile on my face and I love searching for new farms to visit each year. Since their season is quickly approaching, here are three sunflower fields in Wisconsin that you...

Corrigan’s Lookout

Corrigan’s Lookout

This might be my new favorite hidden gem in northern Wisconsin! Corrigan's Lookout is located in Iron County and offers some spectacular panoramic views of Wisconsin's landscape. A short, quarter-mile hike will lead you to a rock outcropping that overlooks Upson...

A Weekend Guide to Sister Bay, Wisconsin

A Weekend Guide to Sister Bay, Wisconsin

In early June, I spent the weekend in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. This charming, lakeside village is located on the northern end of the Door County Peninsula and has a lively, coastal feel to it. As we entered Sister Bay that Friday afternoon, we made our way down the...

Finding Swans at Spring Creek State Wildlife Area

Finding Swans at Spring Creek State Wildlife Area

Earlier this spring when I was researching good spots to go birdwatching, I came across Spring Creek State Wildlife Area. The WI DNR website states that trumpeter swans are common inhabitants of this 1,000-acre property so I just had to go check it out myself! It was...

10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin

10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin

I love finding unique and beautiful locations around Wisconsin. After going through my Instagram feed, I’ve come up with a few of my favorites! Check out these 10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin!

A Manitowish Waters Getaway at Alderwood Resort

A Manitowish Waters Getaway at Alderwood Resort

Nestled in the heart of northern Wisconsin sits The Brick House – a beautifully immaculate colonial-style rental home on the shores of Alder Lake, part of Manitowish Waters Chain of 10 Lakes. It’s a large and spacious place complete with five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, two living rooms (each with their own fireplaces!), and a big three-season room.

WinMan Trails

WinMan Trails

I've been wanting to check out the WinMan Trails for a while now and this weekend I finally got around to it! This 1,300-acre silent sport destination is located between Winchester and Manitowish Waters, hence the shortened name, WinMan :)5 miles of snowshoe trails,...

A-Frame Cabin Rentals in Wisconsin

A-Frame Cabin Rentals in Wisconsin

There’s something so charming and alluring about A-frames. If you’re looking for a little Wisconsin getaway, I’ve found 7 absolutely STUNNING A-frame cabin rentals in Wisconsin that you can book right now! Time to start packing!

This Public Land in Northern Wisconsin is Filled with Hemlocks

This Public Land in Northern Wisconsin is Filled with Hemlocks

I'm always on the hunt for public land that I can explore. Especially land that's still somewhat undiscovered. That's why I was so stoked to come across the Germain Hemlocks State Natural Area. Eighty-eight acres of towering hemlocks and rolling hills make it an...

Snowshoeing Fallison Lake Trail

Snowshoeing Fallison Lake Trail

If you’re looking for a picturesque spot to snowshoe in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I’ve got just the place: Fallison Lake Trail. Located just 13 miles northeast of Minocqua, Fallison Lake Trail will not only get your heart rate up, but it will also offer stunning views and a peaceful, outdoor experience.

Three Bear Sled Dog Race in Land O’ Lakes

Three Bear Sled Dog Race in Land O’ Lakes

Last Saturday, Sean and I drove north to watch the 39th Annual Three Bear Sled Dog Race in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. Every year, the race occurs over two days with six dog, four dog, two dog, juniors and skijoring events. It was a fun way to spend a February afternoon...

Mineral Point Wisconsin

Mineral Point Wisconsin

If someone were to have dropped me off in the middle of Mineral Point, Wisconsin without any clue as to where I was, my first guess might've been an English village. With its charming architecture and streets that come together at odd angles, I felt like I had stepped...

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

It's been quite the unusual winter this year in Wisconsin. Usually, at this point, we have a few feet of snow on the ground but right now, the front yard has just a dusting. So the other day, when southern Wisconsin was calling for a snowstorm with up to a foot of...

Wisconsin Winter Date Night Ideas, Part 2

Wisconsin Winter Date Night Ideas, Part 2

Last winter, I wrote a blog post on 20 Winter Date Night Ideas in Wausau, Wisconsin. People seemed to really like that post so today, I thought I’d make a Part 2!

24 Hours in Door County

24 Hours in Door County

Early last week, I opened my planner and realized that I didn't have any plans for the upcoming weekend. So in the spur of the moment, I asked Sean if he wanted to take an overnight trip to Door County and within an hour, I had the hotel booked! We hadn't been to Door...

The Quaint Town of Stockholm Wisconsin

The Quaint Town of Stockholm Wisconsin

With a population of just 64, Stockholm, Wisconsin might sound like just another sleepy little town. But with its historic buildings and unique shops, it's actually a delightful and bustling little community. I drove through this village on my way to Maiden Rock...

Together Farms

Together Farms

If you're looking for a fun date night next summer, consider heading over to Together Farms for their fun and festive Burger Night! Located in western Wisconsin, just 30 minutes south of Eau Claire, Together Farms is the perfect spot to grab dinner while being...

Maiden Rock Bluff

Maiden Rock Bluff

On the western edge of Wisconsin, just an hour south of Hudson is a 400-foot limestone cliff called Maiden Rock Bluff. When standing on Maiden Rock Bluff, you'll have a stunning panoramic view of Wisconsin's Great River Road and the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful...

Lands’ End Heritage Tour Recap

Lands’ End Heritage Tour Recap

From the sweeping valleys of the Driftless Area to a quaint little village on the banks of the St. Croix, these last few weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour have been a whirlwind of adventure!

Can’t-Miss Shops & Restaurants in Boulder Junction

Can’t-Miss Shops & Restaurants in Boulder Junction

I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the last of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Read the first post here and the second post here. SHOPS This store is literally my...

8 Fun Things To Do in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

8 Fun Things To Do in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Just ten minutes south of Boulder Junction, you'll find Fallison Lake - a cute little...

Lands’ End Heritage Tour

Lands’ End Heritage Tour

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve partnered with classic American retailer Lands’ End, and will be traveling for 3 weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour!

White Birch Village

White Birch Village

I made my way slowly down the main driveway of White Birch Village, noting each dark brown cabin tucked away in the trees. After pulling up to the main lodge and meeting the managers, John and Sue, they brought us to our cabin called Eagle’s Nest.

Best Restaurants and Shops in Sayner-Star Lake

Best Restaurants and Shops in Sayner-Star Lake

This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the second of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Read the first post here. RESTAURANTS This historic supper club...

Best Outdoor Adventures in Sayner-Star Lake

Best Outdoor Adventures in Sayner-Star Lake

This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. What better way to take in the beauty of the Northwoods than from...

Burr Oak Winery

Burr Oak Winery

A few months ago, I visited Castle Rock Lake, a 17,000-acre lake just 30 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells. While exploring the area, I decided to stop at Burr Oak Winery to go wine tasting with my mom. Everything about Burr Oak is just stunning! The exterior of the...

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

When I first heard about this whole pizza farm thing, my first thought was, sign me up! It's such a cool and unique idea and it's getting more and more popular here in Wisconsin. I experienced one for the first time last summer when Sean and I went to Stoney Acres....

A Flower Farm Near Wausau, Wisconsin

A Flower Farm Near Wausau, Wisconsin

Sylvia Green's backyard is bursting with color. Flowers I never even knew existed stretch out in rows, filling up every inch of her 3/4 acre property. She took me up and down each row, describing every variety of flower with astounding ease. Her cat Brynn danced...

This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

In early October of last year, I was on my way to Timm's Hill for the first time when I came across a place that looked like something out of a storybook - quaint little cottages with scalloped white trim, plopped down in the middle of the forest. Across the quiet...

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock is a 200-foot cliff that overlooks the rural landscape of southern Wisconsin. Patched with fields and farms, this stunning, panoramic view is a beautiful spot to visit. Sean and I spent a couple hours exploring the Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area the...

4 Can’t-Miss Wisconsin Festivals

4 Can’t-Miss Wisconsin Festivals

Watch as vibrantly-colored hot air balloons inflate and light up from within, creating an illuminated show like you've never seen before! You'll also enjoy many rib vendors, live music, and fireworks during the festival. What better way to kick off autumn than with...

A Secret Waterfowl Refuge in Weston, Wisconsin

A Secret Waterfowl Refuge in Weston, Wisconsin

I stumbled upon this little place a few months ago on one of my country drives. I was heading back home and just so happened to see a wooden sign tucked into the foliage off of Weston Avenue. Curiosity got the best of me so I went to investigate, turning off of Weston...

Biking the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point Wisconsin

Biking the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point Wisconsin

The Green Circle Trail is located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It’s a 27-mile long biking and hiking trail that circles around the Stevens Point area. It winds through various landscapes, from piney woods to grassy marshlands to city streets.

Lakeview Berry Farm

Lakeview Berry Farm

Of all the summer activities, berry picking is one of my favorites. Check out this delightful berry farm just south of Wausau, WI!

My 3 Favorite Wausau Parks

My 3 Favorite Wausau Parks

I love finding cute, local parks to spend time in. The other day, I visited three of my favorite Wausau parks. Keep on reading to find out what they are!

A Sunset Drive through the Driftless Area

A Sunset Drive through the Driftless Area

When Sean and I went camping in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, we decided to go on a sunset country drive. Here is a collection of photographs I took along the way.

Wisconsin Photography Bucket List

Wisconsin Photography Bucket List

There are so many awesome places around this state to photograph so I’ve come up a few ideas that’ll hopefully inspire you to grab your camera and go. Here is my Wisconsin photography bucket list!

Rib Mountain Greenhouse

Rib Mountain Greenhouse

It was a rainy and gloomy afternoon when my mom and I pulled up to Rib Mountain Greenhouse. A dark storm cloud threatened overhead and the wind was starting to pick up.

Exploring the George Mead Wildlife Area

Exploring the George Mead Wildlife Area

I never knew this place even existed until about two weeks ago. I was looking at a map, eagerly searching for new places to explore, when I saw this huge span of green just south of Wausau. Looking closer, I saw that it was the George Mead Wildlife Area, so I wrote it down as a future spot to explore.

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

Door County, Wisconsin is one of my all-time favorite places in the Midwest. With summer quickly approaching, I’ve put together the Ultimate Door County Travel Guide!

Rib Mountain State Park Guide

Rib Mountain State Park Guide

Rib Mountain is one of my favorite spots in the Wausau area. No matter the season, there’s always something to do. Discover more about this park with my Rib Mountain State Park Guide!

10 Tips for Surviving a Wisconsin Winter

10 Tips for Surviving a Wisconsin Winter

Anyone who has ever experienced a Wisconsin winter can attest to how cold it gets. To help you battle these frigid months, here are some of my tips for surviving a Wisconsin winter.

Three of My Favorite Wisconsin Campgrounds

Three of My Favorite Wisconsin Campgrounds

After booking our first 2018 camping trip a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about all of the camping that we did last summer. There are three spots that jump out at me right away! Here are three of my favorite Wisconsin campgrounds!

Camp Wandawega

Camp Wandawega

Read all about my visit to this historic and whimsical place in southeastern Wisconsin: Camp Wandawega.

Palmquist Farm

Palmquist Farm

Tucked away in the middle of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, sits an 800-acre gem that you need to see to believe. After reading this, Palmquist Farm will be your next Midwestern getaway.

My Stay at the Foxglove Inn

My Stay at the Foxglove Inn

I’ve been eyeing up a few bed and breakfasts in Door County ever since Sean and I took our first trip there earlier this summer.

The Charmant Hotel

The Charmant Hotel

Every six months or so, my friend Elissa and I meet up for a fun little girls trip.

Pope Farm Conservancy

Pope Farm Conservancy

2019 UPDATE: The sunflowers are back! The Town of Middleton Sunflower Days are July 26th - August 4th, 2019. Learn more here. A couple of weeks ago, Sean texted me a link to a place called Pope Farm Conservancy. When I clicked on it, I saw a title that read,...

Our First Door County Trip

Our First Door County Trip

Last weekend, Sean and I went on a camping trip to Door County, Wisconsin. We were lucky enough to secure a campsite at Peninsula State Park (thanks to Sean’s master booking skills!), so we spent three days and two nights exploring the area.

The Driftless Area, Wisconsin

The Driftless Area, Wisconsin

We traveled to the driftless area in Wisconsin to go camping at Perrot State Park. This area of Wisconsin is one of the prettiest areas I’ve ever seen!

11 Airbnbs in Wisconsin You Need to Book This Summer

11 Airbnbs in Wisconsin You Need to Book This Summer

This year is going to be my second summer living back in Wisconsin and I gotta say, I'm pretty excited for some Midwest adventures! Growing up here, I never really appreciated the beauty of this state. But after traveling around for the last few years, I've come to...